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Taco Tuesday: Head to Parkland and Puyallup

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Aug. 5, 2014 at 11:17 am | No Comments »
August 5, 2014 11:57 am
A trio of awesome tacos.
A trio of awesome tacos.

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means – taco time.

With Tacoma bars pushing Tuesday Taco specials, I assigned myself a mission of finding the best tacos around town. I’m talking ingredients that go beyond bar tacos made with crunchy shells and ground beef. You can find my taco Tuesday series here about once a month, or whenever the taco mood strikes.

Today’s taco trip takes me to a smokehouse in Parkland and a food truck that knows its way around chopped steak. Read on.

Asada tacos from Mobile Food Command Center are made precisely as they should be - with griddled steak.
A trio of asada tacos from Mobile Food Command Center.

Mobile Food Command Center

Serving Wed-Sun at Sterino Farms, 6116 52nd Street E., Puyallup; 253-254-0560 or facebook.com/MobileFoodCommandCenter

Point your car down to River Road and veer on over to Old Pioneer. Just off that forested road, you’ll find the food truck from X Group Restaurants, Mobile Food Command Center, at Sterino Produce Market.

X Group Restaurants might not sound familiar, but the restaurants it owns – Asado, Masa and Engine House No. 9 – sure will look familiar to anyone who dines on Sixth Avenue. Think of MFCC’s truck menu as Masa’s eats translated into portable food. Here’s a bonus – the truck uses Sterino produce in one menu item every day.

Tacos are a draw here (3 for $5). Dressed street style, they’re sprinkled with rough-chopped tomatoes, red onion and cilantro. The asada made my beef-loving heart thump a little. The grill cook griddled the meat just long enough to give a glorious crispy-edged crunch.

Tacos also come with fish or smoked chicken. Shaded picnic bench seating is right in front of the truck.

A trio of smoked pork tacos at Parkland's Warthog. Order sans sauce, unless you like sweet stuff.
A trio of smoked pork tacos at Parkland’s Warthog. Order sans sauce, unless you like sweet stuff.

Warthog BBQ Pit – Parkland location

11811 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-426-1980 or warthogbbq.com

Great fries look - and taste - hand cut.
Warthog’s home fries.

As I bit into the smoked pork taco trio at Warthog BBQ’s new Parkland outpost, I had one thought, “Skip the sauce.” The tomato base and heavy sweetness overwhelmed the thump of smoke in the delicious pork shoulder. Tacos here came dressed with a snappy chipotle slaw on corn tortillas with a side of home fries (they tasted fresh fried, not frozen). The pork tacos are a weekly Monday special at Warthog, which recently opened its Parkland restaurant, but has operated a restaurant in Fife since 1999.

At $11.95, the tacos are priced high, but I gave them a pass because of the portion size.

TUESDAY CATCH

My Taco Tuesday series is a bit misnamed this week. MFCC and Warthog don’t offer tacos on Tuesdays. That means you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to give MFCC’s tacos a try; and Monday for Warthog’s.

Read more in this series: Find tacos every Tuesday at Social Bar and Grill and Hilltop Kitchen.

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